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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Spring Ahead: Tangerine

I have never been a winter person--a snow person, maybe, but never have I been a fan of the grey and drab skies of the winter months. The blistering cold winds and lack of sunshine tend to have a negative effect on my mood and my wardrobe. Big bulky coats, more layers, darker color palates; it's easy to get bogged down by cold weather wear. One thing that does help me when I get into a winter outfit rut is looking ahead to the warmer months, the trends to come in springtime. And one of those trends is a lovely shade of tangerine.

Tangerine, a more eye-catching shade of orange, has been popping up in small but increasing doses both on the runways and on celebrities. Tangerine was a favorite in many of the Fall 09 RTW shows, mostly paired with neutrals to be the star of an outfit as in Elie Tahari, Oscar de la Renta and Jason Wu. Celebrities like Anne Hathaway and Miranda Kerr have been making a splash in the lovely color as well, so tangerine is undoubtedly going to be big in 2010.

As you can see, this trend looks great when paired with classic, clean cut neutrals. Black and khaki pieces allow tangerine to shine on its own while at the same time contributing to a very pulled together, classy feel. When wearing tangerine, try to incorporate one or two touches of the color into an otherwise basic outfit. Remember, let the tangerine speak for itself. Here is an outfit I've created to emphasize the power of a small dose of color with this trend. Just tuck the blouse into the skirt and add a complementary bag, and you're good to go.

So what do you think--is tangerine a trend you'll try this spring? How do you plan to wear it? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

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